UNI's Sinkfield Not At 'Best' But Still Impresses
By Michael Bonner, Reporter
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - A buzz spread throughout the UNI-Dome as NFL scouts discarded the cones that provided a running lane for the 40 yard dash.
The drill concluded and the whispers began. Northern Iowa held its Pro Day Wednesday, as 10 Panthers showed off their skills to scouts. But the circle on everyone's schedule had little to do with passing or catching, and more to do with the royal blue and black Nikes covering Terrell Sinkfield's feet.
"These are the lucky 4-1-9s," Sinkfield said. "I'll frame 'em up or something if we get an official time."
Earlier this month, at Minnesota's Pro Day, Sinkfield attracted the nation's eyes on his 6-foot frame. In the glamour event of the NFL Draft workouts, the Northern Iowa senior turned in a 4.19 in the 40-yard dash.
Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson boasts the all time best 40 time at the combine at 4.24.
So when scouts clocked times quicker than that, it created quite the buzz.
"I knew it was going to be locally big but I didn't really think it was going to go nationwide with ESPN and everywhere," Sinkfield said. "I mean it was surprising, but it was good; 4.19 or not, it's basically just to let everyone know that I'm fast, so it was a success."
Sinkfield ran again for scouts on Wednesday from Green Bay, Kansas City and St. Louis. He again was fast, just not 4.19 fast. The Gazette clocked his second 40 at 4.29. In timing his attempts on tape, the wide receiver turned in a 4.32 on his first and 4.30 on his second. An official time wasn't released.
"It wasn't my best day," Sinkfield said. "I mean I did all right. I messed up my quad a little bit, but I thought I ran good."
With a 4.19 already floating around in the heads of scouts, some thought it best for Sinkfield to sit UNI's Pro Day out. But it never crossed his mind.
"People were telling me and asked me if I should run again or not, but I'm a competitive person," Sinkfield said. "I just wanted to beat my time and I knew I could run fast again."
Sinkfield committing to the run drew more than a few scouts to a Pro Day that saw just one last year. It allowed fellow speedsters like Carlos Anderson to perform in front of scouts.
"I wanted to come out and hopefully get some more teams out here," Sinkfield said. "Just because I knew we had some other fast guys here."
To this point, teams haven't informed Sinkfield of his draft stock. There's also a chance he could sign with a team as an undrafted free agent.
The Dolphins, Seahawks, Colts, 49ers and Packers have all spoke with Sinkfield about potentially holding a private workout. As Pro Days wind down and scouts have a chance to digest the information they collected from across the country, that's when Sinkfield expect interest to pick up.
There is one team, which hasn't contacted him, that he wouldn't mind hearing from.
"That would be nice, being a hometown kid," Sinkfield said. "I would love to go to the Vikings."